Officials strive to strengthen, empower military families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — From educational opportunities to spouse employment, Defense Department officials are expanding military family support programs to better meet families’ current needs, as well as to empower them for the challenges that lie ahead, the DoD official who oversees military family programs said Feb. 17. “It’s not […]

Obama plans support for military families

The Associated Press President Barack Obama is announcing new government-wide initiatives to support military families, including programs aimed at preventing suicide and eliminating homelessness. Obama says the government has an obligation to help military families as they support loved ones fighting for their country. Obama says he often meets with service members who say their […]

Portales past: Dec. 19, 1941

Dec. 19, 1941: The Portales Daily News: Two more radiograms arrived from Roosevelt County men serving with the Army in the Philippines. One message was from Carl Stirman to Mrs. J.H. Bond, and the other from Vernon to Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Ginnings, assuring their families they were all right.

Students holding food drive

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Argen Duncan Two groups of Eastern New Mexico University students are reaching out to Portales families with food for Thanksgiving. The Voices of Inclusive and Committed Education Students club and the Communications 202 class are collecting Thanksgiving food for seven, possibly eight, Portales families, said VOICES treasurer Jaime Silva. This is the second year VOICES […]

Host families, sponsorships sought for Pioneers

By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections A few dozen Pioneers are going to need a home. That was the message relayed at an informational meeting Wednesday at the Clovis Parks and Recreation Building. The commissioner of the Pecos League and the manager of the Clovis Pioneers were on hand to answer questions about the 74-game season, […]

Families enjoy fall festival

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Military spouse Susan Hinrichs paints faces Saturday at one of the free booth activities for children. Liliana Castillo Airmen of the 27th Special Operations Group and Special Operations Maintenance Group, along with their families, enjoyed a day of fun, food and games Saturday at Cannon Air Force Base’s Fall Festival. […]

Airmen serving community well

By Col. Stephen Clark, guest columnist A few weeks ago I was asked to be the keynote speaker at a Joint Land Use Study housing forum. While my comments were geared toward our much-talked-about housing issues, my focus was on a much more important point and that is community. Specifically, your airmen and their families […]

Sibling rivalry gets better with age

Russell Anglin Sunday marked one of those rare instances when my nuclear and extended families could get together and relax for a minute or two. Having somehow awoke at a reasonable time Sunday morning at my grandma’s house in Dora, I had the chance to join my stepdad, little brother and grandpa as they made […]

Veterans can remain optimistic

Anthony Principi, former secretary of veterans affairs, warned last week that disabled veterans and their families will suffer if Americans “lose faith in the integrity” of VA disability compensation system. Thankfully, for hundreds of thousands of Vietnam veterans in line to be compensated for three additional diseases linked Agent Orange exposure, few senators seemed ready […]

Floyd grad starts mission to help needy with transportation

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A Floyd High graduate has started a ministry to help needy families better navigate their lives. Noel Hunt, a wife and mother of one, started Wheels of Love, a program that provides vehicles to families who need transportation but can’t afford it. Hunt, who now lives in Farwell, said she got the idea after placing […]

Wednesday morning briefing: School’s out and celebrating families

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. School news Are you wondering about what’s going on in Portales Municipal Schools? Check out the district’s online calendar: http://www.portalesschools.com/calendar.htm School’s out There will be no class for students in Clovis Municipal Schools on Friday for parent teacher conferences. The conferences will be held in […]

Nonprofit groups step up to help military families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — America’s support of our troops and their families has been a welcome theme during this past decade of war. The stories of support are abundant, from top leaders encouraging Americans to salute troops to neighbors pitching in to help a deployed family. Some people have taken […]

TAPS mentors support families of fallen

American Forces Press Service By Elaine Wilson WASHINGTON — The day Scott Warner saw Marines standing at his front door, his world came to a crashing halt. The servicemembers told Warner that his son, Marine Pvt. Heath Warner, had been killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq’s Anbar province. Warner and his family, including his […]

Community celebrates Cannon

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Argen Duncan Whether it was an assault on pastry during a pie-eating contest, or thousands of hot dogs served or thousands more dollars in prizes, the community found ways Friday to tell Cannon Air Force Base families thanks. At the 21st annual Cannon Appreciation Day at Unity Park on Friday, the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of […]

Annual appreciation day will honor airmen, families

By 27th SOW Public Affairs The Clovis community will recognize the men and women of Cannon Air Force Base 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Unity Park with the 21st annual Cannon Appreciation Day. All service members, their families and base employees are invited to the show of appreciation and enjoy free food, games […]

My turn: Be cautious when camping

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Camping has changed over the years. It has grown from families with tents or sleeping bags to RVs. How is an RV with a satellite dish, hot and cold running water and beds roughing it? Anyway, for those experienced or inexperienced campers out there, here are some helpful tips: • Make sure when you buy […]

Reader feedback sought

Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico is hosting meetings to get reader input on the content that goes into Cannon Connections. The first meeting will be held 7 p.m. Monday at the Clovis News Journal conference room. The meeting is open to, but not limited to, veterans and their families. The second meeting will be […]

Ticket feature: Families have weekend choice of comedy, monster trucks

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Freedom New Mexico Between monster trucks and clean Christian comedy, there’s something for just about everyone in Clovis this weekend. Friday at 7 p.m. Upstage Comedians will be held in the Marshall Middle School auditorium. The show is clean, family friendly comedy, according to promoter Kevin Shaw. Shaw said performers Darryl “D Lo” Hutchins, Ronald […]

Programs available for Guard families

By Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke: National Guard Bureau ARLINGTON, Va. — Guard kids differ from active duty kids in only one way: Access. This means access to support programs and access to peers who understand what they are going through. Everything else is the same: Missing their parents terribly when they deploy, counting the days […]

Special needs families have services available

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — TRICARE beneficiaries who have family members with special needs now have access to unique services within the TRICARE program. The most important service is the TRICARE Extended Care Health Option, or ECHO. To be eligible for ECHO, a family must first enroll into its service branch’s Exceptional […]